NEW YORK - RateWatch, a premier banking data and analytics service owned by TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) reported today that national averages this week for CD rates for all durations remained unchanged as the Federal Reserve has continued to keep the short-term federal funds rate at a range of zero to 0.25% since late 2008.

"For the sixth-straight week CD rates remained unchanged. Minutes from the Fed's latest meeting showed the central bank wasn't signaling any blueprint to raise rates. CD rate changes may stay quiet throughout the summer, leaving savers who want to park their cash little hope of higher returns in the near term," reported Joe Deaux, TheStreet's Economics Analyst.

NATIONAL AVERAGE RESULTS - $10K

Avg Rate This week

Avg Rate Last week

Money Market

0.15%

0.15%

1 month CD

0.11%

0.11%

3 month CD

0.15%

0.15%

6 month CD

0.23%

0.23%

1 year CD

0.36%

0.36%

2 year CD

0.55%

0.55%

3 year CD

0.75%

0.75%

4 year CD

0.93%

0.93%

5 year CD

1.14%

1.14%

In the Greater Chicago Region area, the average 5-year CD rate sat at 0.99%, lower than the national average of 1.14%. Rates on the 5-year CD ranged from 0.1% on the low end to 2.0% at the high end, which can be found at Charles Schwab. The average 3-year CD rate in Greater Chicago Region was 0.6% with a range of 0.05% to 1.5% found at Charles Schwab. And if you are on the market for a 1-year CD, take a look at National Republic Bank of Chicago, which currently offers a rate of 0.85% as compared to the Greater Chicago Region average of 0.27%. Other top rate issuers can be found in the tables that follow.

GREATER CHICAGO REGION AVERAGE RESULTS - $10K

Avg Rate This
week

Highest Available
Rate

Highest Available Rate Issuer

Money Market

0.11%

0.7%

National Republic Bank of Chicago

1 month CD

0.07%

0.15%

Armed Forces Bank, National Association

3 month CD

0.09%

0.3%

BBCN Bank

6 month CD

0.15%

0.7%

National Republic Bank of Chicago

1 year CD

0.27%

0.85%

National Republic Bank of Chicago

2 year CD

0.42%

1.0%

BBCN Bank

3 year CD

0.6%

1.5%

Charles Schwab

4 year CD

0.77%

1.6%

Charles Schwab

5 year CD

0.99%

2.0%

Charles Schwab

TOP RATE ISSUERS - $10K

This is a list of issuers with top interest rates in the Greater Chicago Region area. The issuer's Financial Strength Rating is an independent, unbiased evaluation of quarterly regulatory statements. Institutions are assigned a letter grade of A-E with "A" representing the highest rating based on a review of many aspects of financial safety including capitalization, asset quality, profitability and liquidity. For more information, visit www.weissratings.com/help/what-our-ratings-mean.aspx. Information is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

Money Market

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

National Republic Bank of Chicago
312-738-4900
www.nrbchicago.com

D-

2500

0.7

Republic Bank of Chicago
773-581-4500
www.republicebank.com

C-

10000

0.25

United Central Bank
630-357-1100
www.ucbtx.com

D-

5000

0.2

West Suburban Bank
630-495-3600
www.westsuburbanbank.com

C-

10000

0.2

BankFinancial, FSB
708-957-9000
www.bankfinancial.com

D

10001

0.2

1 Month CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

Armed Forces Bank, National Association
847-473-4416
www.afbank.com

C+

500

0.15

Talmer Bank & Trust
262-697-9110
www.talmerbank.com

B+

1000

0.11

National Republic Bank of Chicago
312-738-4900
www.nrbchicago.com

D-

2500

0.1

BBCN Bank
773-588-7700
www.bbcnbank.com

B-

1000

0.1

Cathay Bank
312-225-5991
www.cathaybank.com

B

2500

0.05

3 Month CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

BBCN Bank
773-588-7700
www.bbcnbank.com

B-

1000

0.3

National Republic Bank of Chicago
312-738-4900
www.nrbchicago.com

D-

1000

0.25

Armed Forces Bank, National Association
847-473-4416
www.afbank.com

C+

500

0.2

Talmer Bank & Trust
262-697-9110
www.talmerbank.com

B+

1000

0.15

Cathay Bank
312-225-5991
www.cathaybank.com

B

2500

0.15

6 Month CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

National Republic Bank of Chicago
312-738-4900
www.nrbchicago.com

D-

1000

0.7

BBCN Bank
773-588-7700
www.bbcnbank.com

B-

1000

0.6

Cathay Bank
312-225-5991
www.cathaybank.com

B

2500

0.35

Armed Forces Bank, National Association
847-473-4416
www.afbank.com

C+

500

0.25

United Central Bank
630-357-1100
www.ucbtx.com

D-

1000

0.2

1 Year CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

National Republic Bank of Chicago
312-738-4900
www.nrbchicago.com

D-

1000

0.85

BBCN Bank
773-588-7700
www.bbcnbank.com

B-

1000

0.8

Armed Forces Bank, National Association
847-473-4416
www.afbank.com

C+

500

0.6

Cathay Bank
312-225-5991
www.cathaybank.com

B

2500

0.5

Lakeside Bank
312-435-5100
www.lakesidebank.com

D+

2500

0.5

2 Year CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

National Republic Bank of Chicago
312-738-4900
www.nrbchicago.com

D-

1000

1.0

BBCN Bank
773-588-7700
www.bbcnbank.com

B-

1000

1.0

Armed Forces Bank, National Association
847-473-4416
www.afbank.com

C+

500

0.9

Cathay Bank
312-225-5991
www.cathaybank.com

B

2500

0.7

Lakeside Bank
312-435-5100
www.lakesidebank.com

D+

2500

0.7

3 Year CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

Charles Schwab
312-201-0995
www.schwabbank.com

1000

1.5

First Bank of Highland Park
847-432-7800
www.firstbankhp.com

B-

2500

1.46

National Republic Bank of Chicago
312-738-4900
www.nrbchicago.com

D-

1000

1.11

BBCN Bank
773-588-7700
www.bbcnbank.com

B-

1000

1.1

Lakeside Bank
312-435-5100
www.lakesidebank.com

D+

2500

1.05

4 Year CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

Charles Schwab
312-201-0995
www.schwabbank.com

1000

1.6

Lakeside Bank
312-435-5100
www.lakesidebank.com

D+

2500

1.3

Castle Bank, National Association
815-758-2411
www.castlebank.com

C+

500

1.2

Armed Forces Bank, National Association
847-473-4416
www.afbank.com

C+

500

1.1

Parkway Bank & Trust Company
708-867-6600
www.parkwaybank.com

D

1000

1.1

5 Year CD

Financial Strength
Rating

Minimum to Earn
Interest ($)

APY(%)

Charles Schwab
312-201-0995
www.schwabbank.com

1000

2.0

First Bank of Highland Park
847-432-7800
www.firstbankhp.com

B-

2500

1.71

Castle Bank, National Association
815-758-2411
www.castlebank.com

C+

500

1.61

Lakeside Bank
312-435-5100
www.lakesidebank.com

D+

2500

1.5

National Republic Bank of Chicago
312-738-4900
www.nrbchicago.com

D-

1000

1.41

Data is surveyed weekly with averages calculated each Monday afternoon from RateWatch's unbiased national interest rate survey of over 96,000 financial institution locations across the United States.

More About CDs:

CDs, or certificate of deposits, are bank-issued promissory notes wherein an investor deposits money for a set amount of time and, provided the money remains untouched, receives interest on the total sum when the investment matures.

While the money can't be accessed during that time (without incurring penalties), the advantage of a CD over a regular savings deposit is the higher rate of interest. Typically, a CD can be taken out on as few as three-month terms but can range to up to five years; generally, the longer the timeframe the higher rate of interest.

CD Laddering:

To provide further financial security, a CD laddering strategy offers conservative investors the opportunity to stagger their capital across numerous deposits set to expire at different intervals. Not only does this hedge against variable rate fluctuations by offering a guaranteed return at a locked-in interest rate, it also increases liquidity given that one CD will mature at predictable and established intervals.

Using an example of a five-year ladder strategy, an investor would divide his or her money amongst one-, two-, three-, four-, and five-year CDs. Once the one-year deposit matures, he or she will reinvest the money into a five-year CD, and will do so every subsequent year upon each CD's maturation. In this way, the investor has a CD that matures each year and thus, steady income from the interest on the maturing investments.

Nevertheless, investors must keep in mind that the onus of developing a ladder strategy is on the investor, not the bank or financial institution. In developing a strategy, map out each rung of the ladder, determining how long you want to invest for, the kind of return you are targeting and the length of time you can tolerate not having access to the principal and interest.

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National Average is calculated using one unique rate per institution. Averages are based on banks, savings & loans, brokers and internet banks with assets greater than $1 billion.